SYRACUSE - A.J. Jimenez scored on a sacrifice fly in the 13th inning as the Buffalo Bisons beat the first-place Syracuse Chiefs, 7-6, in a 4:07 marathon played before 4,185 at NBT Bank Stadium.
It was the second time this week the Bisons won a game in 13 innings; the first came on Wednesday, 5-4, against Columbus.
The Bisons were leading, 6-2, after six innings, but gave up two runs in the seventh and eighth innings forcing extra innings.
Erik Kratz put the final touches on a memorable night as he hit the sacrifice fly to right to score Jimenez, who beat the throw on a head first slide.
Kratz finished with six RBIs, the most for a Bison in 15 months. He had four hits, including a two-run home run and a three-run double raising his batting average to .302.
Batting as the DH, Jimenez had a big night as well by going 4 of 6 with three runs scored.
Buffalo improved to 18-20 on the road this season while the Chiefs have dropped four of their last five.
The Herd enjoyed a solid outing from their bullpen. Bobby Korecky (4-1) got the win in relief as he pitched the last two innings, giving up one hit. Raul Valdes pitched three perfect innings with three strikeouts before making way for Korecky.
Buffalo starter Esmil Rogers, making his fourth start, struck out a season-high eight in five innings.
The series continues today (5 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). The Bisons are expected to send Liam Hendriks (6-0, 1.82) to the mound vs. lefty and former Bison Aaron Laffey (9-3, 3.18).
The Blue Jays recalled outfielder Darin Mastroianni from the Herd and optioned lefty Rob Rasmussen. Mastroianni homered in his Blue Jay debut on Saturday. For Buffalo, he had reached base safely in 49 of his 56 games and leads in stolen bases with 15. Rasmussen has a 2.63 ERA in 19 appearances with Herd.